March-30-2016 – April-07-2016
[NEW YORK] Chinatown Soup presents Edward Ubiera: Objectives
an exhibition of new work by the artist. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in New York. An opening reception will take place on
March 30th from 6-9pm.
Edward Ubiera: Objectives culls 64 new works by the artist that explore the polysemic meaning of the exhibition’s title: art as object, art
as objectification, and the art objective. The exhibition is a survey of the artist’s experimentation with form, his manipulation of images,
and his own struggle with artistic purpose.
Ubiera’s recent experimentation with sculpture has resulted in a body of work that plays with form and function. Sculptures, clocks, busts
are all animated objects with visceral movements, and look as if they can be manipulated, adjusted or positioned to take on different
meanings and functions.
Ubiera’s Playboy series includes re-purposed Playboy ads from the 1970s into a contemporary 90s neon aesthetic. Scavenged from
antique stores in the Berkshires, the magazines act in some cases as inspiration and in others as medium, each piece drawing from the
magazine’s familiar motifs - nudes, cigarettes, blues performances while diluting any vulgarities with playful colors and cut paper.
The artist’s black and white monochrome prints play with iconic images, such as the 1960s fashion photographer Richard Avedon’s Miss
Shrimpton in NASA Space Suit. The editions series sometimes nostalgic imagery from the artists’ youth -- space horror movies, skate
boarding -- and other times more recent references to the Netflix television era.
Edward Ubiera is a Brooklyn-based artist working in drawing, painting, sculpture, and print-making. His practice focuses on illustration and
collage that teeters between the figurative, the literal and the abstract.